olive oil

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maruthi 2010-03-18 00:55:50



       Is olive oil massage right for the children's skin and hair?

NJ 2010-03-18 14:44:11


The "Extra Virgin" variety Olive oil is a good massage oil. But coconut oil is as equaily good or perhaps even better. Olive oil being said as the best is just a hype created by the olive oil manufacturing companies exporting to India. I use olive oil for my son who is now 19 months old. We started using it because my uncle who is a ped said that its the best and nutritious oil(Probably he got smitten by the hype too). But I'm continuing to use it since if we change the oil suddenly then the child can catch a cold and fall sick and we are in the process of shifting to another city. Once we complete the shifting I'm planning to replace his olive oil with coconut oil.


hiradhu 2010-03-18 15:30:44


 Yes, Coconut oil is much better than Olive oil. Even my Ped suggested using Coconut oil and Milk cream (malai). 


maruthi 2010-03-18 16:09:32



     I am also applying coconut oil for hair.But for skin,I had a confusion. I will start applying the coconut oil for the skin too.Thank u for ur advice.

     But I see 1 r 2 very light spots on her face.It makes me to get worried.Doctor says it is common in children.Do u have any remedy for that?


mickey 2010-03-18 20:40:34


Hi Maruthi !

You can do a patch test before u change any oil for your baby on her hand. See for two days. In case she develops a rash ,  u can discard that oil. My daughter had many rashes when she was 3 months old with Johnson's baby oil and i could not make out for very long until i consulted a ped cum skin specialist. My friend's son too was allergic to Johnson's products.

I used olive oil ,coconut oil as well as Himalaya baby oil. Now she is almost three years and i use all the three including til oil at times for he skin to be more supple.

However til oil should be used ocassionally and not daily.

Did we have olive oil or any imported stuff in our grandmother's generation ? They managed with the malai ,coconut oil as well as mild til oil. They had great skin and hair too. Most the greying started only after they crossed fifty five.

Today , as we have so many products to choose from , we often get confused and try to go by the hype that is created around a product.

But time tested products can only sustain in the market which also  has the older generation's approval  and that includes our good old coconut oil  ......





maruthi 2010-03-18 23:47:09


Hi all,

         I too used johnson's products in her childhood.She was also allergy for that.Then I stopped and used green moong dal powder for hair and for skin.Then changed to dove and other products.

        I dont hear about malai and til oil.Is that available in common stores?

        And one more thing is not clear,i.e.,in so many sites,it says that bar kind of soaps r not good for the skin.I donno how far it is right.Is there any prescribed shampoo for the kids?Shall we use the sunscreen cream,moisturiser,etc for the kids?

        Thank u for u all for given me more suggestions.


saketchiaai 2010-03-19 06:40:05



Same here. My son also has a allergy to Johnson's product. I am using "Dove" & coconut oil now a days. He is now 2.6.  Upto what age I should massage him?


mickey 2010-03-19 08:42:59


Hi Saket ,

Its always good to give an oil massage to children to improve their blood circulation and also to keep their skin supple. Generally , we should continue  massage till they turn 1 to 1 1/2 years meticulously. However I contine to do it for my daughter even now. She is now 3yrs old. You can continue for son as long as he enjoys and then may be make it twice a week or so.





mickey 2010-03-19 08:55:39


Hi Maruthi,

Malai is the regular milk cream which u will get everyday in your kitchen. Til oil is the gingely oil. Regular use of til oil should be avoided as it darkens the skin.  For occasional massage ,u can use a branded gingely oil.  Using  pooja oils is not recommended.

Sunscreens should be avoided for children till they turn 5-7 yrs . As such u have lotus sunscreen which is meant for kids. You will get good Loreal kids shampoo (Strawberry/bubble fruit /apricot etc)  in any beauty outlets or in a good supermarket. However these shampoos are not recommended for babies. Kids shampoo can be used after they turn 5yrs.

Yes, green moong dal powder is  a very good scrub for babies . You can continue using it by mixing with milk cream or simply milk and some haldi/turmeric powder or curds too with a dash of honey. It works wonders even for moms too !!







NJ 2010-03-19 10:13:51


I continue to massage my 19 month old son before bath since he has very dry skin- taken after me:-(. I plan to do it till he is 4 or 5 after which he will start playing a lot in the sun and I have to think of some moisturizer with sunscreen as alternative to oil.

Sesame oil generates heat for the body. So ideal to use during cold weather. I have also read that it is a mild sunscreen of 4 spf

Banana boat is a good sunscreen for kids. Actually sunscreen can be used as early as 1 year. My aunt who is in the US and my sister in law used to use it on their kids even when they were 1 year old. My sil says that there is a hole in the ozone layer in the Australia region, so the UV rays are very direct. So there are lot of incidences of skin cancer there due to which everyone, including children and toddlers use sun screens diligently while they go out into the sun.


maruthi 2010-03-20 00:17:01


Hi Mickey

       Now I understand.I will go with them.I have a doubt.Some people says that if we use sesame oil for long run,it will produce heat and creates skin allergies.So that I didn't used so far.          

      I have to go with the sunscreen also as mentioned by u people.Usually I will not take care of the kid's skin.But I saw 1 or 2 very light white spots on her face.Doctor said that is bcos of dryness,normally some children have that and it will disappear.

     But I thought of getting advice from u people and like to try that.Thank u all.


Sreevidhya 2010-03-20 13:25:31


I'm a mother of 19 months old boy. about 4 or 5 months had dry skin problem. after that we went to a doctor and finally one doctor nearby my in-laws house told to apply "Venusia" cream after bath. and Coriz syrup daily once. He is ok now. but this has to be continued upto 6 yrs.

Before bath am apply coconut oil on his body and scalp. and after bath Venusia.



maruthi 2010-03-21 00:38:14


How about Nivea moisturiser?Is that a good one for children?


smijacob 2010-03-21 12:58:58


You can even try Candendula & Aloevera Cream (It's a homeopathethic cream) .Also as Sreevidhya suggested Venusia is also effective..Both were suggested to me by a homepathic doctor and am using both for my kid from past 5 years.

Calendula & Aloevera cream as body lotion and Venusia for feet  as its very efffective for removing dry feet which may lead to crack in heels.


mickey 2010-03-21 13:12:31


Hi Smijacob and Maruthi ,

Are  u talking about Bakson's Homoepathic aloevera and calendula cream?Yeah ,its very  good for dry skins and can be used for kids too. I have stopped himalaya baby lotion and switched over to this cream. My daughters rashes have disappeared.Its very good and easily avaiable in any homeopathy store .It costs Rs 55 .

Hi Maruthi ,

i think u can use this homeopathic aloevera cream .It will be very good than Nivea.

If there is any Nivea prodct specifically for kids, then u should go for it else the above calendula and aloevera cream can be used. It doent have any side effects. Very safe  and tested product.




smijacob 2010-03-21 13:43:07


yeah,,,same one Mickey..

We are using it from past 5 years..no side effects and also its good for adults as well.For more effect ,mix cream with equal amount of Glycerine.




maruthi 2010-03-21 23:20:01


Hi Mickey and Smijacob,

              Till date I didn't go for any homeopathic medicine.But as u say I will try it.


smijacob 2010-03-22 08:06:40



Its not a homeopathic medicine as such..its just a cream like nivea or ponds..lookwise also you wont find any difference and you dont have to consult a doctor for the same.

But the incredients in this cream is Calendula (cuts,rashes,burns,dryness..) and Aloevera - (overall skin improvement) both are very good for skin problems as per Homeopathy..You would have already read about Aloevera..it's even used in Ayurveda for skin rashes..

Read abt Calendula here



maruthi 2010-03-23 23:29:55


ok smijacob.thanks....



smijacob 2010-03-24 07:02:50




pavanisrinivas 2010-03-26 10:34:58


 Hi smijacob

My son is 4 yrs old. His feet  and heels r becoming very rough as he plays a lot. Would u suggest calendula and aloe vera cream or Venusia to use for him?

He has a dry skin and i used OILATUM soap for him upto 3 yrs upon dermatologist suggestion as he was allergic to baby soap.

Upto what age should we use kids soap for them separately or is it ok to use normal soap?

Anyones valuable suggestions are welcome

Thanks in advance


smijacob 2010-03-26 11:27:12



My kid also had the same problem..for feet ,i am using Venusia and for dry skin ,use Calendula and Aloevera cream.

Soap ,you can move on to Pears (see through Glycerine soap -brown one ..don't take any other variety of pears).This was suggested to me by an Ayurvedic doctor ..This brown pears is existing in market from long time and it doesn't have any side effects..but nowadays pears came up with varieties ,which are not effective as the brown one..You can move on to pears..It's good for adults as well as kids

Once kids complete 4 years ,they are out of kids age.So slowly ,you can change the products..


mickey 2010-03-26 16:15:36


Hi Pavani,

Calendula and Aloevera is very effective in treating rashes and dry skin. I have been using the same for my daughter (2.11yrs) since 6 months. Her rashes disappeared within 15-20 days . I use the same for her feet too before she goes to bed.




bhairavi 2010-03-26 16:25:31



Please can anybody tell me where i will get this in thane ? 

Thanks & regards





mickey 2010-03-26 16:58:19


Hi Bhairavi,

This is Bakson's homeopathy product.(Calendula and Aloevera cream) You will get it in any Homeo outlet. It costs Rs54.




maruthi 2010-03-27 16:17:04



       Touching the honey and white pumpkin,makes the hair grey.(i.e.,If we touch them and mistakenly touches the hair,will it turns grey? 


mickey 2010-03-27 16:49:58


Hi Maruthi !

Sounds funny !!    Is it a granny advise ? let me also know..if its true  !! Mickey


maruthi 2010-03-28 13:32:11


Hi Mickey,

                I think someone might have told me in my childhood days.That stands in my mind so far,whenever happens to touch the honey r white pumpkin,even I know that honey is used for facials.I like to know that anyone came across these kind of sayings.


mickey 2010-03-28 15:40:55


I know these things are always in some corner of our mind and we tend to become superstitious and subconsciously  careful  about these  things that we land up  passing it on to the next generation as well....  Mickey


maruthi 2010-04-08 00:48:33


Hi Smijacob and Mickey,

              I asked for Calendula and Alovera in a homeo pharmacy.They have other manufacturers other than baksons.Is it fine?


smijacob 2010-04-08 07:38:18



It should be ok..but i used only the ones from Baksons and very effective..may be u can try small bottle from the other company and see..the content will be same but effectiveness may vary from product to product



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